Here’s 12 suggestions for things you might want to resolve to do when you visit Suffolk in 2024. They’re reason enough to plan a trip…
1 Drink a pint of Adnams in Southwold. Some people say you have to drink a pint of Guinness in Dublin where it’s brewed from the water of the River Liffey. We say the same about Adnams Bitter. And so many pubs to choose from! We like The Harbour Inn and The Nelson for character. Or take a tour of the brewery.
2 Visit Framlingham Castle. It was the inspiration for Suffolk super hero Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill song about his adolescence in the lovely market town.
3 Cycle the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is Constable Country. The highlight is Flatford where you can see where he painted the Hay Wain.
4 Enjoy some of the country’s best birdwatching at RSPB Minsmere. Do so and you’ll be in the Dunwich Coast and Heaths AONB.
5 Visit the Food Museum at Stowmarket. Check out fascinating talks, tours and demonstrations that happen every day. Don’t miss out on the pathway which meanders along the River Rattlesden.
6 Explore Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury. Recently refurbished, this is now the largest arts space in Suffolk.
7 Spend time in Newmarket. Visit the National Horse Racing Museum and make sure you’re here early to see hundreds of horses out on the Gallops.
8 Enjoy an evening on the Ipswich Waterfront. Cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels… all by the water. It’s like Marseille or Monaco… but in Suffolk!
9 Get high in the Brecks! Breckland in the north west of the county has the best overall climate in the country… yes, really! Why not hit the heights on the aerial ropes at Go Ape! Before taking a relaxing walk or cycle in the country’s largest lowland pine forest.
10 Explore the Orwell Estuary, Shotley Peninsula and visit the Butt and Oyster pub at Pin Mill – the perfect place to sit, watch the boats and enjoy as fine local ale.
11 At Bury St Edmunds, discover the story of Edmund, the king of the Anglo Saxons and the original patron saint of England, who refused to renounce his Christian faith when captured by Vikings and was tied to a tree, shot full of arrows and beheaded. Why not book a tour.
12 Discover our latest nature reserve, Carlton Marshes. This lowland reserve in the Waveney Valley consists of meadows, reedbeds and woodland.